Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

More than 20% of US Population Experienced a Data Breach in 2014

More than 70 million American adults discovered that their personal information had been compromised in 2014, according to projections from a recent nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 American adults, conducted by Consumer Reports. While some of these incidents happened online, the overwhelming majority happened offline, typically at a brick-and-mortar store or a financial institution.

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Apple’s Tim Cook Warns the FBI not to Weaken Encryption

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Electronic Privacy Information Center awards dinner. “So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason.” He also said that adding encryption backdoors for law enforcement would weaken the security of all devices and “is incredibly dangerous.” Details may be found at http://www.dailydot.com/politics/tim-cook-encryption-weaking-dangerous-comments.

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Follow-up: TSA Boss Replaced after US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover tests

The acting director of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after an internal investigation revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday that Melvin Carraway would be moved to the Office of State and Local Law Enforcement at […]

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This Shadow Government Agency Is Scarier Than the NSA

If you have a telephone number that has ever been called by an inmate in a federal prison, registered a change of address with the Postal Service, rented a car from Avis, used a corporate or Sears credit card, applied for nonprofit status with the IRS, or obtained non-driver’s legal identification from a private company, they have you on file. They are not who you think they are. They are […]

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US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover Tests

This article isn’t about privacy but certainly is about security. The two words frequently go hand in hand so I may publish occasional articles here about security. I am taking an airline flight tomorrow and now am wondering about the other passengers on the plane! Transportation Security Administration screeners allowed banned weapons and mock explosives through airport security checkpoints 95 percent of the time, according to the agency’s own undercover […]

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